In the theme of Staples’ “EASY” campaign, I note how easy it must have been for the driver of this car-carrier to illegally park in the bike lane in front of Newport Auto Center on the Coast Highway east of Bayside in Newport Beach yesterday.
It must have been too easy to ignore the adjacent, wide driveways and the car lot itself for loading or unloading.
I understand using the driveways would be considered an inconvenience, compared to parking on the street. But shouldn’t an auto dealership make arrangements for on-property deliveries of cars? It’s not an unexpected event… Couldn’t the driver call ahead and make sure the dealership is ready for his arrival?
I know he could; it’s what I did thirty years ago when I drove a truck for a construction supply company in the San Fernando Valley.
And that was before mobile phones.
Maybe that’s an important difference: thirty years ago, If I delivered a pallet of nails to a builder in Torrance at 11am, I had to go inside to use the builder’s office phone to call ahead to make sure my next stop, the steel fabricator in Cudahy, was expecting me to drive on to their lot in 45 minutes. And from there, I had to phone ahead to make sure the client in Redlands who ordered the I-beam was expecting me to deliver that afternoon. You see, I had to actually go in to each client or vendor’s office to continue my job. And it would not have been cool to leave the truck in the street…
So, maybe it’s because of mobile phones that it is so easy for a driver to just call ahead from the previous intersection and say “meet me curbside in five minutes, OK?”
It’s just too easy now to park in the bike lane.